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A four-cylinder conquers the world of the German sports coupes and leaves the DTM upside down at times

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The first sports coupe from the car manufacturer from Munich that heralded the "M" era.

Which began as a homologation model in 1985 for the German Touring Car Championship is nowadays a proper classic of the M-range of BMW. This was already noticeable back in the days, when it was presented at the IAA. The demand on this new M3 was so high that the produced quantities were far greater than originally planned. Today we want to present you the BMW M3 E30 from the model year 1987 in black metallic by the label Minichamps. The model in scale 1:18 has steerable frontwheels and in addition also functional parts as the engine hood, trunk and doors. The characteristically opening bonnet gives a clear view of the model's engine compartment, which has been recreated in detail. The chrome kidney and the fine spoke rims are just as true to the original as the interior. All in all, with the E30 M3, Minichamps presents a piece of German automotive history from the 1980s.

The BMW M3 was one of the competitors of the Mercedes 190 E both in the context of the German Touring Car Championship as well as in the private area. The regulations of Group A at that time stipulated that, in order to be allowed to use a car in racing, at least 5000 road-legal copies had to be sold within twelve months. The appearance of the BMW M3 E30 has been significantly revised compared to the series 3 series in order to demonstrate its racing genes to the outside world. The front spoiler, the rear apron, the sill panels, and the change in the bodywork in the area of ??the rear window were visible features of this. Production of the two-door sedan was discontinued in the fall of 1990. The convertible was produced a little longer, until mid-1991. In addition to almost 16,000 limousines and more than 800 convertibles, 62 Alpina models were also built between November 1987 and December 1990. The vehicle, which was called the B6 3.5 S there, has a 3.4 liter six-cylinder engine and delivers 254 hp. The small series is difficult to find today and if it is, then an immensely high price is incurred due to the collector's value.

The M3 was powered by a four-cylinder engine that produced 200 hp at the start of production. This four-cylinder was a derived version of the six-cylinder that BMW was using in the M1 at the time. The M3, which weighed just under 1200 kg, was able to sprint from 0 to 100 kph in just 6.7 seconds. The top speed was an impressive 235 kph. First gear of the attached five-speed gearbox is on the bottom left, which should underline the M3's racing genes. During th five years that the M3 was in production, its engine power was steadily increased. In 1988 the power increased from 200 to 220 hp and the maximum speed increased to 243 kph. The last expansion stage was then established on the market in 1990. The displacement of the special model M3 Sport Evolution, which has now been increased to 2.5 liters, now produces 238 hp. The standard racing seats and the adapted spoiler system were also part of the special model, which was only available in the colors brilliant red and glossy black.


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